The Senate was involved in a heated word chaos on Wednesday afternoon following reports stating that Meru Senator Mithika Linturi had been arrested ahead of a Special Sitting where senators were set to debate the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.
Senator Aaron Cheruiyot tabled the matter saying that he had received a call from Linturi informing him that he had been apprehended by an officer from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
“Mr. Speaker I want to bring to your attention something which will require your direction. I received a call from one of our colleagues; Senator Mithika Linturi… This afternoon on his way to Parliament he was stopped by gentlemen who claimed to be DCI officers. They asked him to alight his car and right now he is in a car headed to the DCI…,” said Cheruiyot.
“I’d wish to know whether you know why Senator Linturi was arrested and if you are not aware, how do we proceed knowing we are about to enter that season where colleagues had to be picked one by one.”
Other legislators including Senators James Orengo, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, Susan Kihika among others weighed in on the matter demanding the indulgence of the Speaker.
While Senator Kimani Wa Matangi shortly later rose to tell the House that he had received a call informing him that Senator Linturi had been released, Senator Kihika insisted that Linturi was still in custody.
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This forced the Speaker to adjourn the session for 30 minutes to inquire on the circumstances surrounding the arrest in order to bring order to the House.
It’s not clear whether Linturi was apprehended over his stand on the BBI.